According to reports everywhere, Apple is planning to abandon the 100 year old 3.5mm headphone jack on the coming iPhone 7. What do you all think about that?
I realize that technology topics don’t get a ton of attention in these parts, but this seems to be creating a lot of debate around the interwebs so I figure I’d toss it out there.
Some initial thoughts:
[li]Only Apple can pull this off, not sure if it’s cache, a fawning fanbase or just balls, but everyone else would crash and burn if they tried this. [/li][li]Really a bummer that they are going to use Lightning instead of USB C for this, maybe it’s the next step forward but proprietary connectors are a scourge.[/li][li]Supposedlly the main driver for this is making the phones thinner…I have to ask, who the heck is asking for thinner phones?[/li][li]I wonder if they’ll have 2 ports, maybe one on top and bottom, or if you won’t be able to charge and listen at the same time.[/li][li]Lots of people are going to be PISSED they need to buy new headphones.[/li][li]I think allowing for new tech like batteryless noice cancelling and 3D sound are going to be pretty excellent.[/li][li]I think it’ll be great to have inline controls that are actually reliable.[/li][li]I wonder if the digital cables will be more or less prone to interference from static electricity and cord noise. [/li][/ul]
What do you folks think? Is Apple out over it’s skis with this one? Are they going to alienate a percentage of their audience here? Is it about time? Is this all misinformation?
Apple is also rumored to be planning to include wireless charging and to sell a new set of Bluetooth “Airpods” that lack wires entirely and don’t even have a charging port. Going to be interesting I suspect.